Belle Isle

I am always so excited to go to Belle Isle. Growing up in inland, modern, cookie-cutter suburban subdivisions, any connection to nature, water, and history is exciting. However, whenever I take people to Belle Isle I leave depressed. People only see decay and wonder at what was. They see potential the island if only the city did something. I do think the city could dish for out improvements, but in the meantime it is still a wonderful space for picnics, playing sports, or just spending a romantic afternoon. People coming and making use of this beautiful space will do more for the island than a monetary contribution from the city at this point.

4 Comments so far

  1. J (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 8:50 am

    I’m not sure what your friends are seeing, but Belle Isle is in pretty good shape nowadays.

  2. max (unregistered) on April 5th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    my last trip to Belle Isle (last summer) consisted of me and my woman, a small blonde girl, taking a little walk around the shore and in no time she was subject to some random guy announcing loudly about how she was “’bout to get tore up”. obviously it was a bit uncomfortable so we were headed back to our car and along the way an Escalade drove by and the passenger yelled something repulsive at her and as we were getting in our car there was a family picinic near by and one of the women at the party yelled something about us “white devils” going back to Rochester hills. (we live in the Detroit) not the most pleasant Sunday afternoon and i don’t think she’s gonna want to go back anytime soon. there really was just too much drinking, flexing and “you don’t belong here” type stares for me.

  3. Ed (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

    What is the paved distance around the island?

    Trying to find out how far I ran today.

  4. max (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 2:25 pm

    how far you ran? were you being chased?

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